PAGADIAN CITY, July 19 (PIA) – – Differently-abled persons will soon have their own Persons’ with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) in Pagadian City as P2 million fund is already allotted for its construction, bared City Social Welfare and Development Officer-Myra Kwan.
“Naa na gyud pondo, ga explore lang mi sa pagka-karon sa location asa ipatukod ang building. (There is funding, we are now exploring as to location, where the building will be constructed),”Kwan said.
This good news is timely as the country celebrates National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week from July 17 to 23, 2019.
She said the local government of the City is supportive of efforts geared towards the welfare of PWDs in Pagadian.
CSWD has lined up activities for the NDPR week that include skills training on haircut and massage, which is in partnership with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and livelihood training on sardines with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Other activities include basketball on wheels, and sing and dance contest.
The social welfare officer said they have also partnered with Pagadian City Employees Association who shelled amount from their pockets to help in the expenses during the culmination of the NDPR Week celebration.
When asked about the strength of implementation of the 20% discount benefits of PWDs in pharmacies, groceries, food chains / restaurants, and fare, she said that business owners have so far complied with the law, and that PWDs are satisfied with the 20% discount they are getting.
”Except for small pharmacies, hinay sila sa implementasyon, but we have taken the initiative to call them, para ma implement nila ang 20% discount sa atong PWDs,” she said.
She also said “we encourage our PWDs na mag eskwela gyud sila ug tapusun nila ilang pag-eskwela (to finish their education).”
To date, about 20 PWDs are employed under the local government and other offices. “We are continuously advocating that our PWDs should have a place in the government and also in private.” she ended.(ALT/JPA/PIA9-Zamboangs del Sur)
Source: PIA Feed